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At Emerald Law our Criminal Defence Lawyers and their team are well versed in assisting you on any charged that you have been accused with. With our years of experience we will be able to assist you in obtaining the fairest outcome in your matter.

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You should attend the Police Station and meet the IO for the charges to be served on you. You will be liable for a separate offence if you refuse to be served with the charge/s.

In order for us to assist you further contact us and let us know what you have been charged with so that we can advise you.

You may read our article on how an offence is made out in our article here.

You should read and listen to the particulars of the charge/s that you have been served very carefully. You will also be asked by the IO if you have anything to say regarding the offence, at this juncture – this process is called recording the cautioned statement.

if you have any defence (for e.g. You were overseas on the date/s specified in the charge) to the alleged offence, you should state them in the cautioned statement portion of the charge. If there are any particulars of the charge that you disagree with, it should be written in the same portion.

In Singapore, the Criminal Procedure Code sets out which offences are bailable and non-bailable. As a general rule, if you commit bailable offences you will be able to post bail and be released pending the disposition of your matter in court.

As for non-bailable offences, these offences are usually more serious offences and attract a very severe sentence, in these instance, the police or the court has the discretion to decide whether to release the accused person on bail.

If you have been charged with an offence that is punishable with death or life imprisonment, you will not be entitled to be released on bail and will have to be remanded.

To read up more on about criminal proceedings in Singapore please read our article here.

The bail amount is not fixed but is left to the discretion of the court. The essence of bail is to ensure that the accused person will show up in court for the court proceedings. The bail amount also will be of an amount that is significant enough to make the accused person show up at court and not abscond (run away) and forfeit the amount.

At the very first mention, a court officer will read the charge/s to you. If you are not comfortable speaking in English, you can request to speak in a language that you are comfortable with. You can request for the charge to be read in dialects such as Hokkien, Bengali etc. You will then be asked if you wish to plead guilty or not guilty. At this juncture, you may wish to break defence if you have any, or you may wish to inform the court that you want to engage a lawyer.

As a condition of bail, most of the time the IO would impound your passport. However, if the impounding of your travel documents is not a part of your bail bond conditions, you will still need to apply to the Court to leave Singapore. The Court may or may not grant your request and will consider the reasons for your application to leave Singapore.

Similarly, if your passport is impounded, you can make the same application in Court. If you have any supporting documents to support your application to leave Singapore, they should be tendered to the Court together with your request as well.

The sentences that can be meted out by the Court depends on the offence that you are alleged of. The punishment for different offences differs and is dependant on the Act and the section. You may wish to get a lawyer who will be able to advise you on this matter. 

You may read further on how a Criminal Defence Lawyer can assist you here in our article.

Not necessarily, depending on the offence that you have committed, you may not have the criminal offence registered. The first schedule of the Registration of Criminals Act sets out which offences are registrable crimes that will be registered under your name in the Criminal Records Office.

If you have committed the offence and agree with all the particulars of the charge/s, you should admit to the offences. Notwithstanding this, you should consider engaging a lawyer who may be able to advise you on your matter. The lawyer will also be able to write a letter of representation to the prosecution to assist you in your matter.

 

However, if you have any defence or any dispute to the charge/s you should not be pleading guilty to the offence/s.

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